After a night out celebrating her 30th birthday in Leeds city centre, Ellie Dolby, 33, did what so many young women do and called an Uber cab. Seen as a safe option by many, the appeal is that they're quick to arrive and reassuringly easy to track with the app's GPS technology — the driver's name and photograph are even displayed on your mobile phone screen before the cab arrives. The reality was terrifyingly different. Ellie was sexually assaulted by the driver in a horrific attack in December 2015, which has left her deeply traumatised. After a night out celebrating her 30th birthday in Leeds city centre, Ellie Dolby, 33, did what so many young women do and called an Uber cab. Ellie was sexually assaulted by the driver in a horrific attack in December 2015, which has left her deeply traumatised. A stock picture is used above [File photo] Yet worse was to come. Despite this attack being reported to Uber and the police, the driver remained free to keep working — and … [Read more...] about How safe ARE women alone in an Uber?
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Sexual violence has rarely been so high on the news agenda. Since allegations against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein started to emerge in October last year, the global problem has finally become a mainstream issue. The United Nations has estimated that one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, with 120 million girls around the world having been forced into sex acts. The repercussions go beyond the physical and psychological toll on individuals who have been attacked. Harassment and fear of violence can impede free movement of girls and women and stop them reaching their full potential, both socially and economically. “If women feel afraid,” says Laura Somoggi, who manages the biennial Womanity award for the prevention of violence against women, “it could undermine their ability to work or go to school or university which affects their empowerment, their rights.” Fear of attack is a bar to women escaping poverty. On a recent visit to … [Read more...] about What would a city that is safe for women look like?
First of two articles. In the opening paragraph of “The Wealth of Nations,” Adam Smith observed, “The greatest improvement in the productive powers” of mankind come from the “division of labor.” Smith’s idea and his famous illustration — a pin factory that could increase its production hundreds- or thousands-fold via specialization — helped inspire the Industrial Revolution, informed the automobile assembly line, and remains in play around the world, from factories that print semiconductors by the billions to surgeons who repair cataracts in minutes. But the division of labor has fallen short when it comes to social problems. Over the past two generations, pin-factory-style specialization in social services has sought to help people facing an array of social challenges, including poverty, mental illness, homelessness, addiction, violence and trauma. All too often, these efforts meet with disappointing results. Helping people … [Read more...] about When Social Services Undermine Well-being
Story highlights Recent abductions and violence have put security in Mexico back in the news Yet millions visit Mexico every year without incident Safety varies dramatically depending where you are and what you do Violence in Mexico is back in the news and so is the perennial question: Is Mexico safe? In just the last few weeks there have been stories of 12 young people allegedly abducted in daylight from a Mexico City club; the death by beating of Malcolm X's grandson, also in the capital; the kidnapping of a U.S. Marine reservist from his father's ranch; the freeing of 165 people, including two pregnant women, who had been held prisoner; and the case of an Arizonan mom traveling on a bus who was arrested and jailed, accused of smuggling drugs. That's all before you look at the staggering toll of the years-long war between security forces and drug cartels -- at least 60,000 people killed in drug-related violence from 2006 to 2012, according to Human Rights Watch. Other … [Read more...] about Mexico: As dangerous — and safe — as ever
Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times. We’ve published iterations of this post in the past — 200, 401 and even 650 prompts — but never before have we gathered all our prompts, for both personal and argument writing, into one categorized list. Admittedly, the list is huge. In fact, there are 1,225 questions below on everything from video games and fashion to smartphones and parenting, and each prompt links to a Times article as well as to additional subquestions that can encourage deeper thinking. To help you navigate this page, here’s an index of topics: Technology (1-74): Social Media • Smartphones • Internet & Tech Arts & Entertainment (75-248): Music • Television • Video Games • Movies & Theater • Books & Reading • Writing • The Arts • … [Read more...] about Over 1,000 Writing Prompts for Students